Councillors have been encouraged to make their views known to the Courts Service in relation to the review of court services being undertaken in Tipperary.
It has emerged that one of the options being explored is the transfer of services from Nenagh to Limerick with the possible closure of the town’s courts office and courthouse.
A motion in the name of all nine Nenagh MDC councillors decrying the threat was passed at the council’s September meeting.
“Part of the review is the closure of courts and the courthouse,” warned Cllr Seamus Morris. “There is a lot more going on than just legal cases at the courts office.”
He warned that victims of crime may have to travel on the same buses as their perpetrators if the service is switched to Limerick and said this would be particularly true in family law cases.
“Solicitors’ offices could close if the service moves out of Limerick. The courts are probable worth as much to the town as Procter and Gamble,” he said. They have closed the courts in Borrisokane, Roscrea and Templemore and we have to say ‘No,” said the SF councillor.
Cllr Phyll Bugler said it was “frightening” that a courthouse that had €11m spent on it in recent years could be closed.
“It is worrying,” said Cllr John Carroll. “It would be a huge setback and a retrograde step for Nenagh.”
The matter was also raised at this Monday’s Tipperary County Council and in a reply from the Courts Service in Clonmel, councillors were urged to write to its office to let their views on the review be taken into account.